College Park Scholars is a community of twelve interdisciplinary living-learning programs for academically talented first- and second-year students. Each program focuses on a specific theme and offers specially designed courses and experiences that relate to its theme. Students in College Park Scholars take classes together and live together in selected residence halls.
Life Sciences, sponsored by the College of Chemical and Life Sciences, is designed to give students exposure to various scientific fields and provide hands on experience to enhance personal, academic, and professional development. The program is proud to enroll nearly 100 students each year, and remains one of the largest programs in College Park Scholars. Students in the program represent a variety of majors and interests, though majority are in the College of Chemical and Life Sciences.
Understanding the importance of inter-disciplinary learning, Life Sciences merges inside-the-classroom experiences with outside-the-classroom opportunities. During both years of the program, students enroll in a colloquium that introduces them to current scientific issues and helps them to explore personal interests. Students connect what they have learned in class with practical experiences such as field trips, lab visits, internships, and international travel.
Life Sciences is committed to fostering an excellent living-learning experience for its students, and we are confident that it provides wonderful and beneficial opportunities.
Praise from Current Students:
"My first year of college has been one long learning experience. I have enjoyed my time at College Park and I haven't gone one day without learning something. Being in the Life Sciences Scholars here at Maryland is not just and education in the sciences; it is an education in being an adult and has taught me how to live and work with other people."
"I now feel more confident that my science undergraduate studies will open a window into the work force instead of being limited to a handful of jobs."
"In my first year as a Life Science Scholar, I have learned that science really is "to know" (as it means in Latin). There are so many ways "to know" things in science and the most interesting part is how you go about knowing these things and how you arrive at these different conclusions. I feel that my path is no longer the narrow tunnel heading towards med school as it once was. There are so many different paths that I can choose to do, and I know that I have the next three years or so to figure it out."
"Science goes beyond the average biology facts and technological inventions. One can be a psychologist or a botanist, specializing in zoology or optometry and still be linked under science. I absolutely loved how almost no one in the program has the exact same goals, yet we are all under the category of life sciences."
The academic expectations Life Sciences Students are challenging. Required classes include Life Science Labs, English Courses, Colloquiums, Introduction to the University Courses, and Practical Experiences.
To receive a College Park Scholars Citation, students must complete the requirements and earn a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 by the beginning of their fifth semester on campus.
For more detailed information about Life Sciences requirements, please visit:1. Advising Information for Students Who Entered in Fall 2006
2. Advising Information for Students Who Entered in Fall 2007
3. Advising Information for Students Who Entered in Fall 2008
1. Citation Information for Students Who Entered in Fall 2006
2. Citation Information for Students Who Entered in Fall 2007 (under construction)
3. Citation Information for Students Who Entered in Fall 2008
Throughout the course of the year, all students are invited to participate in field trips sponsored by Life Sciences in order to provide them with insight into Science outside of the University setting. Freshman are required to attend at least one trip per semester and sophomores were invited but not required to participate. This past year, Life Sciences sponsored trips included:
Trips were lead by interested faculty members and/or Resident Assistants. Trip costs were primarily covered by the program, though students were infrequently asked to contribute.
Life Sciences has always acted as a leader among the other programs in sponsoring study abroad/international experiences for students. Each January, Life Sciences hosts a trip to Belize. During the summers, Life Sciences alternates between a trip to Australia and a trip to Alaska. These trips attract a diversity of non scholars students from campus and thus promotes the Program throughout the College and campus.
These study abroad/international experiences not only supplement students' academic coursework, but they help to foster connections among the community and introduce students to a diversity of traditions and cultures.
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